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New Zealand Resuscitation Council


Today we celebrate the 60th Birthday of modern CPR. It is estimated that over 2 million people globally have been saved since the introduction and teaching of CPR.

We would like to thank our instructors who save lives everyday by equipping people with the life skill of CPR. And also all people who attend first aid courses so they are ready and able to save a life.

Thank you for improving outcomes for Aotearoa.

Photo: Resuscitation for life saving work, Auckland 1935

#BystanderCPR #CallPushShock #WorldRestartAHeart #RestartaHeart

The Nitrox Myth? Nitrox lets you dive longer and deeper, right? What you need to know about diving safely on nitrox and oxygen toxicity.

New Zealand Resuscitation Council

Be Kind. We've got this New Zealand.

Noho tawhiti, tū kotahi
Stand distant, but stand united

#callpushshock #kidssavelives #bystandercpr

Emcare Services

COVID-19 Update

Based on the government's announcement on Monday May 11th some form of normality is returning.

As we all know, things can still change and we want to be vigilant to protect our course participants.

We will be limiting the size of our courses and ensuring that we adhere to physical distancing guidelines. We also ask that if you are unwell, you do not attend your course and reschedule.

For the next few weeks we will be playing catch up to service courses that were previously put on hold due to this unprecedented lockdown.

We will contact everyone affected to reschedule.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email - [email protected] or [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Our online store is back up and running via our website.

Stay safe and thank you for understanding.

Your sincerely,

The team at Emcare

New Zealand Resuscitation Council

Update: NZ Resus 2020

New Zealand's priority is slowing the spread of COVID-19, therefore, rapid changes have been introduced that significantly impact the travel and events industry. Based on the self-isolation requirements and mass gathering recommendations introduced by the New Zealand government, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council has elected to cancel NZ Resus 2020 planned for Rotorua in May.

Our gratitude and appreciation goes out to all involved for their support of what was shaping up to be an outstanding conference.

We encourage you to take care of yourselves and your whanau during this time. The situation is constantly changing and that is likely to create some anxiety. This is a time when it is important to think of our wider community as we focus on stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Kevin Nation
Chief Executive
New Zealand Resuscitation Council

Divers Alert Network


This Wednesday October 30, 2019 at 7:00PM EST we will be LIVE STREAMING Francois Burman’s (Pr. Eng, MSc and DAN’s Director of Underwater Safety) talk “Why Would a Dive Operator Deny Me?” with a special additional segment on “Creating a Personal Emergency Action Plan”.

We welcome divers and dive professionals to tune in to our Facebook Live broadcast on this page tomorrow night and we encourage everyone to invite your friends!!

Friends don’t have Facebook? No problem! This link will direct them to our page to watch the live stream anyway:

Divers Alert Network

“I sat for my entire 12-hour flight and now the pain in my calf seems to be spreading to my ankle and foot. Could this be DVT?”

If you are a diver who likes to travel, you may be at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis. Learn more in our Health & Diving guide, The Heart & Diving here:

Emcare Services

In line with the NZDC's new regulations, we have set up 2 CORE Immediate courses. One on the North Shore on 16th November and one in Hamilton on 23rd November. Register quick to secure your place.

DAN Southern Africa

Prepared Diver Video Series: Your Breathing Capacity

What: Account for the effects of breathing dense, compressed gas at depth.

Why: Underwater, your ability to increase your breathing rate is limited by the increased density of gas at depth and, consequently, the increased resistance to the movement of your breathing gas. But when you exert yourself, the frequency and volume of your breathing must increase to allow you to take in sufficient oxygen and wash out surplus carbon dioxide (CO2). So if you exert yourself too much during a dive, you won’t be able to get rid of enough CO2. This causes excess CO2 to accumulate in your body — a condition called hypercapnia. Symptoms include shortness of breath, headache, and confusion. It can occur without warning, and the only way to resolve it is to reduce your exertion level. Breathing deeply to flush out the excess CO2 also usually helps. This is why recreational divers should not exceed a depth of 100 feet (30 metres), where the density of gas is at least four times greater than at the surface — and why new divers and divers of modest fitness should stay even shallower.

Divers Alert Network

How is DAN making the world a safer place for divers? One way is by helping hyperbaric chamber operators.

Every year, DAN’s Director of Underwater and Hyperbaric Safety, Francois Burman, travels to San Antonio, Texas to teach Hyperbaric Safety Director, Hyperbaric Chamber Acrylics and Hyperbaric Facility Maintenance courses to students from all over the world. This 6-day program prepares hyperbaric technicians and facility managers to maintain safe and high-functioning chambers, which ultimately leads to better hyperbaric treatment options for divers in need.
This is just one of many DAN Recompression Chamber Assistance Program (RCAP) safety initiatives.

Throughout the world's most popular diving destinations there are hundreds of chamber facilities willing to treat divers, but many need support. To ensure that DAN members — and all divers — have access to the emergency medical services they need, DAN dispatches experts in hyperbaric chamber maintenance and operation to provide training and equipment and give chamber assessments and financial aid. To learn more about how DAN helps chambers, visit

Divers Alert Network

DAN has received many inquiries from divers who want to help the families affected by the Conception tragedy. We have set up a page to accept contributions. One hundred percent of the donations will be given to the victims' families. #Conception

DAN Southern Africa

Dr. Frans Cronje talks about the use of anticoagulant medication and the concerns there are for scuba divers.

Divers Alert Network

Boats give divers access to many of the world’s greatest sites, however, no boat is completely free of hazards. Check out these quick reminders before you take your next group of divers out to sea.

Divers Alert Network

One of the most important components of a medical response to a dive injury is finding treatment fast. Shorter times to recompression lead to better outcomes and fewer residual symptoms, but there's still hope even if the nearest chamber is days away. Read about how one diver fared after a serious case of DCS coupled with a flight and 48 hour delay to treatment in Alert Diver.

Divers Alert Network

Gradient factors a powerful tool that divers can use to add conservatism to their dives. Learn how to use them on your next dive in the full article.

Divers Alert Network

Ear injuries happen more frequently than any other other type of diving injury. Luckily many of these injuries can be easily avoided by equalizing early and often, respecting your limits and never diving with a head cold or congestion. Learn about what actually causes these injuries in the full article.

Divers Alert Network

Suspect DCS? Think you need to go straight to a chamber? THINK AGAIN.

Learn why you ALWAYS need to seek emergency medical treatment first if you suspect DCS in the full story here.

AED Locations NZ

Worth a read if you are a GoodSAM Responder.

EBAss European Baromedical Association

EBAss online examination system is Now available📋 -

Divers Alert Network

Arriving on the scene in time with everything you need to treat an injured diver is one thing: Knowing exactly what to do when you get there is another.

With our newly designed cases its now easier than ever to transport your emergency equipment to the scene of an accident and through our training programs you can gain the knowledge and skills to take care of injured divers. Knowing how to stabilize an injured diver until advanced medical care is reached can make all the difference. Learn more about how you can learn to save lives at and check out our products at

DAN Asia Pacific

“Is it safe to freedive after scuba diving?”

NO. In general, freediving immediately after scuba diving is an UNSAFE PRACTICE.

Engaging in anything more than LIGHT physical activity (like leisurely swimming) following a scuba dive is not recommended. Light physical activity actually increases your off-gassing efficiency, whereas higher-intensity activities may increase your risk of DCI. Freediving can be strenuous exercise. Additionally, the dynamics of freediving might change the ultimate destination of venous gas emboli (VGE). These “silent bubbles” that can form in your veins are normally filtered out by your lungs; but If you have a PFO (keep in mind that ~30% of us have one) these VGE could bypass the lung filter and reach the arterial circuit potentially causing a paradoxical embolism impacting vital organs like your brain.

To learn what the experts have to say about VGE and other risks associated with freediving after scuba diving, visit

Lots of dive medical research took place in this chamber!

New Zealand Resuscitation Council

Save the date! The NZ Resuscitation Council’s next conference will be held 6-9 May 2020. Details are still emerging, but some fantastic guest speakers have already confirmed. You won’t want to miss this. | Why Are Fewer Chambers Available for Emergencies?

Divers Alert Network

Immersion pulmonary edema is a fascinating condition that isn't yet fully understood. Do you know enough to minimize your risks?

Airway management training! 🗣

2019 update!!

Following lengthy review and discussion, the Australia and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation has approved a new flowchart for the treatment of anaphylaxis. It covers the treatment of both adults and children, and replaces the two flowcharts published in 2016 that addressed adults and children seperately.

We hope you find it useful. Please distribute widely, and let us know what you think!

Download here:

Testing the DART sim app. Let’s see how good it is for ACLS?!

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New smartphone app helps save a Rotorua man's life Terry Robinson joined a new app for CPR-trained people and saved a life within days.

Happy new year! Enjoying the outdoors 🐴🏞

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Our wedding day 💕

Changes to NZRC Training Guidelines! The New Zealand Resuscitation Council conference was held earlier this month in Auckland. There are some major changes ahead for how the courses will be delivered, and there will be course specific manuals for the new courses.

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